NTSB Identification: LAX85FA218.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29725.
Accident occurred Sunday, April 21, 1985 in SUNLAND, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N69118
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PLT GOT HIS PVT PLT CERT 6 DAYS PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT & PLANNED A LOCAL FLT TO A NEIGHBORING ARPT JUST OVER A COASTAL MTN RANGE FROM THE DEP APRT. 9 NM NORTH OF THE DEPARPT, THE ACCIDENT SITE IS ALMOST ON A DIRECT LINE BETWEEN THE DEP & DEST ARPTS. THE SITE IS ALSO 200 FT BELOW THE CREST OF A 5,100 FT MOUNTAIN RIDGE AT THE END OF A CANYON. NO EVIDENCE WAS FOUND INDICATING THAT THE PLT REQUESTED OR RECEIVED A WX BRIEFING PRIOR TO THE FLT. THE WX REPORTS INDICATE THAT BASES OF THE OVERCAST LAYER WERE AT 3,300 FT & TOPS AT ABOUT 6,000 FT, WITH MODERATE TO SEVERE DOWNDRAFTS & TURBULENCE REPORTED BY OTHER PLTS IN THE AREA. EXAMINATION OF THE ACCIDENT SITE REVEALED THAT THE ACFT IMPACTED THE MTN SIDE AT AN OBLIQUE ANGLE IN A CLIMB ATTITUDE.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

PREFLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

WEATHER EVALUATION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

OVERCONFIDENCE IN AIRCRAFT'S ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

TOTAL..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT

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